Bernhard Christensen Center for Vocation

What’s new with the CCV?

Augsburg just hosted the 20th Annual Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference on July 21-23, 2014.

In June, 41 youth from five Minneapolis congregations participated in Collaborative Urban Vacation Bible School at Augsburg. See a youtube video of the experience.

See the youtube video of Carol Enke’s Spring Vocation Lunch presentation.

Sixteen high school youth participated in our annual Youth Theology Institute in June of 2014. Learn about their experience through their facebook group. 

Connecting Faith, Scholarship, Service, World

The Christensen Center for Vocation is a natural outgrowth of Augsburg’s commitment to the theological exploration of vocation. This commitment rises from the belief that all people have the capacity to be agents of God’s love by using their gifts and talents to serve their neighbor. By promoting and supporting activities that provide opportunities for deep reflection, the CCV helps students, staff, faculty, and friends of the College discern their life purpose in service to the world.

The fundamental principles that inspire and guide all CCV endeavors are the five lessons learned from Bernhard M. Christensen, president of Augsburg College from 1938-1962:

  • Christian faith liberates minds and lives.
  • Diversity strengthens vital communities.
  • Interfaith friendships enrich learning.
  • The love of Christ draws us to God.
  • We are called to service in the world.

Collaborating to nurture vocation

Rather than operating as a stand-alone center, the CCV collaborates with other on-campus departments and off-campus partners to explore the nexus between faith, learning, and service. Together, we produce activities that lie close to the heart of educational enterprise, enhance the capacity of the College to nurture vocation in every learning environment, and advance the “common commitments” of the Augsburg community – living in faith, global understanding, active citizenship, and meaningful work.